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Counter balance your oars without buying new ones! These 4 lb. steel sleeves slide easily over the end of 1 7/8" oar shafts, fasten securely to the shaft anywhere you want and are completely removable.
  • This river tool is fully adjustable and will enable you to offset the weight of the oar outside your oarlocks.
  • You can custom adjust these weights for multiple rowers, personal preferences, or for different rowing conditions.
  • They will definitely save some wear and tear on the arms over the course of a long day (or week) on the water.
  • Sleeves are secured to the oar with three 1/4"-20 x 1/2" length nylon pan head screws.
  • Ideal for oars longer than nine feet.

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Features:
  • 4-lb. Steel Counterweights
  • Three 1/4"-20 x 1/2" Length Nylon Pan-Head Screws
  • 2" inside diameter
  • Ideal for oars longer than nine feet
  • You can custom adjust these weights for multiple rowers, personal preferences, or for different rowing conditions

video: Cataract Oars & Blades

Cataract Oars & Blades (5:26)

You don't have to know rocket science to row a boat, but it helps to have gear made by a company who does. Cataract shafts are made with the same filament wound glass/carbon/epoxy composite technology used by the aerospace industry. These oars perform like no others, translating muscle energy into stroke power more effectively than other oars, giving you the ultimate in oar responsiveness.

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Adjustable (16)
  • Minimizes fatigue (16)
  • Good control (8)
  • Reduces flutter (5)
  • Comfortable shaft (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Day trip (11)
  • River running (10)
  • Rivers (8)
  • Touring (5)
  • Flat waters (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (5), Advanced (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Rowing is half the work

you don't have to use your strength to hold the oars out of the water. [...]

you don't have to use your strength to hold the oars out of the water. [...]

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Oar counterbalance - will make your oar sink!

My oar caught on a rock, was pulled from the oar lock and broke my safety tether. Oars by them self will float, but because of the counter weight, they sink like a...Read complete review

My oar caught on a rock, was pulled from the oar lock and broke my safety tether. Oars by them self will float, but because of the counter weight, they sink like a rock. My $250 setup went to the bottom fast. Bummer because I like what the counter weights do, but it's a bad deal when your gear is lost. Good thing I had a backup oar since we were 3 days from the truck.

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5.0

Just as expected

By Chazand

from Blackfoot, ID

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Minimizes Fatigue

Cons

    Best Uses

    • River Running

    Comments about Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves:

    Worked to balance out my 10' Carlisle oars really well.

     
    1.0

    Oar counterbalance - will make your oar sink!

    By rpace

    from Spokane WA

    About Me Advanced

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Minimizes Fatigue

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • River Running

      Comments about Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves:

      My oar caught on a rock, was pulled from the oar lock and broke my safety tether. Oars by them self will float, but because of the counter weight, they sink like a rock. My $250 setup went to the bottom fast. Bummer because I like what the counter weights do, but it's a bad deal when your gear is lost. Good thing I had a backup oar since we were 3 days from the truck.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      4.0

      Good product

      By JJ

      from Hamilton Montana

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Minimizes Fatigue

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • River Running

        Comments about Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves:

        Makes long days on the oars much easier

        Service and delivery comments:

        Great service

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Very functional

        By JJ

        from Hamilton Montana

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Good Control
        • Minimizes Fatigue
        • Reduces Flutter

        Cons

        • Oar will not float

        Best Uses

        • River Running

        Comments about Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves:

        Amazing how much it reduces fatigue especially if you are rowing for many hours in whitewater

        Service and delivery comments:

        Nrs service is outstanding

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Great product

        By Ike

        from Northwest Wisconsin

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Minimizes Fatigue
        • Reduces Flutter

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Day Trips
          • River Running
          • Touring

          Comments about Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves:

          I run a jet outboard jon boat with oars. I guide on the St. Croix river and I was getting tennis elbow. I have the carlise oars and they are really heavey towards the blade. These have definately helped my elbows by reducing weight at the blades and the amount of force it takes to engage the oars on initial pulls. Great product! Makes my oars feel like the really spendy cataract oars.

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          • Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves

            Q:

            What is the inside diameter of the cataract oar counterbalance sleeves?
            Asked on 9/19/2016 by samuel from United States

            5 answers

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Samuel, they slide snugly over 1 7/8" oar shafts.

              Answered on 9/20/2016 by Clyde from NRS
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I don't really know. They fit my Carlisle brand oars. 1 1/2"-2"? Adjustable. Work great, I can tell you!
              Sent by Terry Carlson

              Answered on 9/20/2016 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              2 inches

              Answered on 9/19/2016 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I don't have the exact measurement, but they fit a standard Sawyer, Smoker,
              Carlisle raft oar shaft. For a smaller shaft, get a length of PVC pipe,
              slit it lengthwise, and fit the sleeve on the upper shaft to your liking. I
              use these counterweights with all my boats, from a 9-ft pontoon boat to a
              16-ft raft, and they save me a lot of effort.

              Answered on 9/19/2016 by Pete from Deschutes River
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I don't have them right in front of me, but the diameter was bigger than the sticks. But there are set screws in the sides of the sleeves that clamp on really well.

              Answered on 9/19/2016 by Anonymous
          • Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves

            Q:

            Do you ship this item to Canada?
            Asked on 3/1/2015 by Arty the Smarty

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              I have sent your inquiry to our International Team. They will contact you soon. Thank you.

              Answered on 3/2/2015 by Clyde from NRS
          • Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves

            Q:

            How can I find replacement screws for my counterbalance sleeves from Cataract? I tried to remove the sleeves to put on another oar and the screw heads broke.
            Asked on 1/28/2015 by pricester from Hotchkiss, CO

            3 answers

            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              http://www.nrs.com/product/1390.1/cataract-counterweight-set-screws

              Answered on 1/28/2015 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I kept stripping out the heads on the plastic screws. I do not know the size but I took one of the plastic screws to my local hardware store and asked the guy (do not try this at any of the box stores) for help. He recommended stainless steel screws which I went to. I put a wrap or two on the fiberglass oar shaft under the screw. I think this helps protect the oar shaft, but it may not. Any way, I went to this setup and problem solved.

              Answered on 1/28/2015 by Anonymous
            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              We carry the replacement screws, Item # 77305.01, $0.25 each.

              Answered on 1/28/2015 by Clyde from NRS
          • Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves

            Q:

            What diameter oar do they fit?
            I have an old set of Franks Custom Wood Oars. Large diameter wood.
            Thx'JP
            Asked on 12/29/2014 by JP from Oregon City, OR

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              JP, they are sized to slip over the 1 7/8" diameter Cataract and Carlisle oar shafts.

              Answered on 12/30/2014 by Clyde from NRS
          • Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves

            Q:

            Do you sell them individually? One slipped off my oar...
            Asked on 6/29/2014 by Chipaonia from Paonia, CO

            1 answer

            • CUSTOMER CARE

              A:

              Only sold in pairs. Bright side: you'll have an extra in case one slips off again

              Answered on 6/30/2014 by Anonymous
          • Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves

            Q:

            Can the Cataract oar counterbalance sleeves be used with standard Carlisle oars? I am looking for a way to counterbalance the oars that we already have.
            Asked on 8/21/2013 by Dana from Moab, UT

            9 answers

            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Yes. I've used Cataracts 5 lb. counterbalance sleeves on my blue Carlisles
              for almost ten years.
              W. Kelly
              Driggs, ID

              Answered on 8/21/2013 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              You should be able to, the set screws are adjustable. I believe the oar
              shaft diameter is the same between the cataract and carlise oars.

              Answered on 8/21/2013 by kayakergirl from North Bend, WA
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Yes they can - I have used them for the past two years with my Carlise
              oars.

              Answered on 8/21/2013 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I use them on my Carlisle oars. They secure and work fine...

              Answered on 8/21/2013 by AZ Cat Boater from Tucson, AZ
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Yes.
              Placed set on 9' Carlisle oar with 8" Carlisle outfitter blade.
              Rowed 200+ miles what I had expected from product.
              Suggest checking screw tension on regular basis for safety.
              Now on 10' Cataract SGX.
              Excellent product.
              I recently removed for a few river miles and the difference, very physically notable. Each stroke was heavier and slower to respond.
              Sent from my iPad

              Answered on 8/21/2013 by golden1 from jh
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Yes.

              Answered on 8/21/2013 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Yes they fit fine on the oar shaft. Have not used on the water yet but they should work very well.
              Sent from my iPad

              Answered on 8/25/2013 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Dear Dana,
              I can't speak as to whether these sleeves will fit on a Carlisle oar. I have only used them on 10 foot Cataracts but, if the diameter is the same, they should fit. I will say that having them makes a huge difference. After rowing out of Westwater canyon (one day) last year without them, my elbows were causing me a great deal of pain but, with them on my Cataract oars, I have rowed the Middle Fork of the Salmon twice and have had no problems.. They have stayed on the oars without having to tighten them even after driving a total of 160 miles on bumpy dirt roads.
              I would prefer to have my counter balanced Sawyers back but, these are a good affordable second choice. Be advised however, while using these little gems, your oars might not float or the handles will drag on the bottom making them hard to retrieve if you don't use leashes like I ONCE did.
              Good luck. Happy boating.
              Todd

              Answered on 8/28/2013 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Yes. The 3 screws are adjustable for Carlisle oars.
              Sent from my iPhone

              Answered on 8/30/2013 by Anonymous
          • Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves

            Q:

            Hey Clyde (?) - so yes...I am aware of the benefits of counterbalance sleeves which is why I purchased them (very happy with my purchase). But more specifically my question is - where do people typically install them? Whatever feels good to each individual somewhere between hands and the oar rights? You really can't install these wrong, right? Make sense what I am asking?
            Asked on 8/19/2013 by Patty from Golden, CO

            7 answers

            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I install mine right below my handles. But yes wherever they provide the
              greatest benefit will be fine! Hope that helps?

              Answered on 8/19/2013 by Bill from Belgrade, MT
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Patty,
              I think the simple answer is that they need to be as close to the hands as possible without making the oars negatively balanced. In other words after installing the sleeves the oars should still go in the water without having to push them down but comfortable to row.
              But in order to place them properly. You need to have the oar stops positioned correctly, the right length oar, the correct rowers height, etc.

              Answered on 8/19/2013 by Anonymous
            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Hi Patty. Sorry that I misinterpreted your earlier question. You're correct; there's no one right place to position them. The closer they are to your hands, the more they balance the blade end. Cataract oars with internal counterbalances have all that weight in the oar's handle. So, experiment to find out what feels right for you. I've never rowed with counterbalances, but people who do swear by them. Have fun!

              Answered on 8/19/2013 by Clyde from NRS
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              You want a little upward pressure on your hands, but the oars should be
              pretty balanced in the oar lock to prevent fatigue. Every boat has a
              different width between the oar locks so you need to experiment a little
              with counterweight placement. Rick Todd

              Answered on 8/19/2013 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I purchased a set to install when my daughter was rowing the raft -
              find your counter-weight balance points between the oar-lock and the
              end of the oar - tighten the set screws, they simply lighten the
              weight of the tip of the oar - fresher arm, stronger pull - - -

              Answered on 8/19/2013 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Where you install them is strictly a matter of balance. They're meant to counteract the weight of the oar blade, and the position will vary depending on the length of your oar and the distance between your oar lock and your handle. I set mine so the blade end is just a little heavier. When I let go of the handle, the blade drops into the water.
              Happy rowing -- Pete
              Sent from my iPad

              Answered on 8/19/2013 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Patty,
              I have 9'6" or 10' Cataract oars. I set my weights about 1"-2" from the grips. This is just heavy enough to keep the blades in the water when not rowing and requires a minimum of effort to push down on to get them out of the water. What a labor saver!

              Answered on 9/11/2013 by Steelheadspies from Oregon
          • Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves

            Q:

            Where do most people install their counterbalance sleeves on the oar shaft? I have oar rights. Between those and my hands?
            Asked on 8/18/2013 by Patty from Golden, CO

            5 answers

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Yes, Patty, approx. 2/3 of your oar is usually beyond the oarlock, so the counterweights are to balance that outside weight to make rowing less tiring.

              Answered on 8/18/2013 by Clyde from NRS
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Yes.

              Answered on 8/18/2013 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I put mine on the end of the oars right next to the grips. They work amazingly! I'm really happy I got them, finally!
              Sent by Terry Carlson

              Answered on 8/19/2013 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Place them so your oar is well balanced and light.
              Sent from my iPhone

              Answered on 8/19/2013 by ILFR from Portland, OR
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Take off your blade and slide the counter balance onto the shaft. Put the blade back on. Set the oars back into the oar locks. Pull one oar down to your thighs and slide the counter balance around until you hit the sweet spot. The oar should want to return to the water, but you should be able to hold the oar up without any strain. When you tuck them under your legs to float they should be comfortable and not pull up on your legs.

              Answered on 8/21/2013 by Chateau from Glenwood Springs, CO
          • Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves

            Q:

            Will your sleves fit Carlile oars?
            Asked on 5/4/2013 by birddog from Houston,Oh

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Yes, they will. Both Carlisle and Cataract oar shafts are the same diameter.

              Answered on 5/4/2013 by Clyde from NRS
          • Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves

            Q:

            Will Cataract Oar Counterbalanced Sleeves sleeves fit Carlisle oars?????

            Thanks
            Asked on 1/13/2013 by Robert

            5 answers

            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Yup!
              Sent from my iPhone

              Answered on 1/13/2013 by RJ from Spokane, WA
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Yes ---- They work well.

              Answered on 1/14/2013 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Yes they will.

              Answered on 1/15/2013 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Yes they will and they are great.

              Answered on 1/13/2013 by Anonymous
            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Yes, Carlisle and Cataract shafts have the same outside diameter.

              Answered on 1/14/2013 by Clyde from NRS
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